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Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation 

A federal grand jury is looking at partnerships that gave major tech companies broad access to Facebook users’ information.

More than 150 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with the world’s dominant social media platform entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.

Source: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation – The New York Times

UK’s ICO rides two businesses

The UK’s data protection watchdog raided two businesses suspected of making millions of nuisance calls.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been investigating the companies, based in Brighton and Birmingham, for a year after receiving roughly 600 complaints about them.

The calls – said to involve road traffic accidents, personal injury claims and household insurance – did not identify the firms or allow people to opt out of receiving them.

Source: Raiding party! UK’s ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits • The Register

Data protection authorities in Sweden launch investigation into medical service providers

Sweden’s Data Protection Authority has divulged that it has opened investigations into medical service providers, Voice Integrate Nordic. The organisation is part of Vardguiden, the country’s phone-up medical information service.

Recent news reports allege that a high number of recorded phone calls received by Voice Integrate Nordic were placed in the public domain online and had become open to public access without protection through encryption or passwords.

Source: Data protection authorities in Sweden launch investigation into medical service providers

Irish data protection authority has 15 open investigations on tech companies

The Ireland Data Protection Commission said in a report that as of Dec. 31 it had 15 ongoing investigations of multinational tech companies. Ten of the investigations were about Facebook or its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp.

“The rise in the number of complaints and queries demonstrates a new level of mobilisation to action on the part of individuals to tackle what they see as misuse or failure to adequately explain what is being done with their data,” Helen Dixon, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, said in a statement along with the report.

Source: A European data privacy office has 15 open investigations. Ten are about Facebook.

Austrian Data Protection Authority finalises investigation into Österreichische Post AG

The Austrian Data Protection Authority has finalised its investigation into the Austrian Post (Österreichische Post AG) and issued a decision stating the Austrian Post has violated several provisions of the GDPR.

Specifically, the Austrian DPA is of the opinion that the Austrian Post processes special categories of personal data (political opinions) by attributing preferences for certain political parties to data subjects by using statistical calculation methods, without explicit consent given by the data subjects. Furthermore, it found, DPIA for this kind of processing and the record of processing activities were erroneous.

The Austrian DPA imposed an immediate ban on these processing operations, ordered the erasure of the data and ordered the Austrian Post to carry out a new DPIA and to rectify its record of processing.

Source: Austrian Data Protection Authority finalises investigation into Österreichische Post AG

Hellenic DPA does “ex officio” GDPR compliance investigation

The Hellenic DPA, in order to a) explore the level of compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the specific legislation on e-privacy, b) raise the awareness of data controllers and data subjects, and also c) exercise its envisaged powers, has carried out “ex officio” investigation.

Investigation was initiated in December 2018 and is still ongoing. The Hellenic DPA carried out an investigation to 65 controllers operating online in the fields of financial services, insurance, e-commerce, ticket services and public sector services. DPA  explores the way specific requirements are met in the areas of transparency, the use of cookies, email marketing and the security of websites.

Source: Initial conclusions from the Hellenic DPA’s “ex officio” GDPR compliance investigation

Brazil Investigates Google For Alleged Privacy Breach

The Ministry of Justice, through its Consumer Affairs Department, filed an administrative proceeding against the Google subsidiary in Brazil after receiving a complaint from Attorney General’s office regarding an alleged violation of privacy to emails belonging to Brazilian citizen. If convicted, Google could be fined up to R$ 9.7 million (US$ 2.6 million).

Source: Ministry Of Justice Investigates Google For Alleged Privacy Breach – 08/02/2019 – Business – Folha

Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

The Information Commissioner’s Office is to work alongside regulators in Europe to establish whether Google has fallen foul of more GDPR rules.

The ICO, which enforces European data law in the UK, is now investigating measures to take following a number of complaints raised against the tech giant.

Source: Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

ICO to investigate Google over GDPR violations

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking into whether Google has violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The UK’s data watchdog said it is working with other regulators around Europe to consider its next possible steps after a number of complaints had been raised.

Source: ICO to investigate Google over GDPR violations | IT PRO

Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes from Irish Watchdog

Facebook Inc. faces seven separate data-protection probes in Ireland as the country’s privacy regulator looks to take advantage of new rules that allow it to impose hefty fines.

The investigations are among 16 cases targeting big technology companies including Twitter Inc., Apple Inc., LinkedIn Corp., and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram.

Source: Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes as Irish Watchdog Gets Tough – Bloomberg

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